Ginger/Garlic Wrap

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A ginger wrap is a natural wrap that is absolutely effective to ease and cure pains such as rheumatism, swollen veins, muscle pains, back aches and sprains. This wrap has all the healing properties of ginger, garlic and coarse sea salt. The hot and quite burning sensation it gives to the skin indicates the pain-killing properties of ginger that deeply penetrates to the source of the pain.

We have been using this wrap on my hubby’s strained elbow. He hurt it somehow and he wasn’t able to straighten his arm, probably due to a over extension or pulled a muscle. We used this wrap and he said it was much better. He doesn’t normally keep it on for 6 hours, just until he is bored with it. Usually a hour or two. The longer you keep it on the better.

This can also be applied to children but of minimal quantity and duration. To make the ginger wrap, follow the steps below:

What you need:

1. Prepare few pieces of ginger roots, at least four cloves of garlic and two tablespoons of salt.

2. Put in your blender or magic bullet and blend together so all the ginger, garlic and salt is mixed. You can also chop it up with a knife into small pieces. Just make sure the juices are transferred to the wrap.

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3. Prepare a clean sheet of plastic film. Scoop the ginger mix on to the clean plastic film.

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4. Place the wrap on the affected area. This can be tricky. We found that placing the wrap on a hard surface and then placing the sore area area on the wrap then tape it.

5. Secure the sides with any tape then wrap with bandage.

It will drip if the wrap isn’t taped. If you don’t use tape, keep a towel wrapped around it to catch the moisture.

Leave on the area for at least 6 hours. This is not recommended for open wounds.
For intense pain, the wrap can be left on the skin until the hot sensation is gone.

Ginger has been used since ancient times as a medicinal root and yummy flavor addition in many recipes. Ginger and garlic go together as well as salt and pepper do. But the health benefits now being found in ginger by modern research suggest that we could all use some of this plant in our diets.

Migraine Relief
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it good for relieving the pressure that causes migraines. Next time you get a headache try chewing on some raw ginger and drinking some water, or take some ginger capsules.

Soothe the Stomach
Ginger has been proven to be as effective as Dramamine in reducing nausea while traveling. Whether you’re nauseous from illness, car sickness, seasickness, a bumpy plane ride, or have morning sickness, try chewing on some raw or crystallized ginger. They also make ginger chew candies that taste like sweet and spicy taffy. It really works.

Muscle Bath
Ginger’s oil helps blood flow and circulation, and you can use it in a bath to soothe sore muscles. Grate or finely chop a large piece of ginger (more than you think you’ll need, or about half a cup) and throw it in your bathtub while the hot water is running so it releases its soothing oils. Fresh ginger works best, but you can also try using a couple tablespoons of ginger powder from your spice rack. You’ll know you put in enough if you start sweating during the hour after your bath. Don’t worry, this is just your body clearing itself of toxins!

Relieve Cramps
Just as it soothes nausea stemming from the stomach, ginger also has the amazing property of helping women relieve pain from cramps.

Increases Metabolism
Ginger has been shown to both boost metabolism and curb appetite by increasing feelings of fullness. You can eat it or make a tea to get these effects. Ginger tea is delicious hot or cold, and especially with honey or lemon.

Get Rid of Throat, Chest and Nose Congestion
Forget the sugary ginger-ale, try this ginger tea instead: grate or finely chop 4 tablespoons of fresh ginger and infuse into hot water. Add honey or lemon, then allow to steep for at least 15 minutes. The longer you steep, the spicier it gets. Then you can either drink it hot or chill it and pour on ice. As an anti-inflammatory ginger can reduce swelling in mucus membranes and encourage fluid drainage.

Pain Relief
From getting rid of migraines to easing arthritic joints, ginger is an anti-inflammatory agent. If you’re not sure about eating fresh ginger (it’s zingy-spicy but delicious) you can eat those candies or even pick up ginger capsules to avoid the taste completely. They’re pretty inexpensive and the only side effect of taking too much ginger is an upset stomach, ironically.

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